# Find Zeros of Polynomial Function

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Section 2.5
Question 56

Can you do 56 as a guide for me to do the rest on my own?

nycmathguy, Sep 20, 2021

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56.

f(x)=2x^3+3x^2+18x+27

given zero: 3i -> so we will also have -3i

factors are (x-3i) and (x+3i)

their product is: (x-3i) (x+3i)=x^2-(3i)^2=x^2-9(-1)=x^2+9

use long division
..........(2x+3
x^2+9| 2x^3+3x^2+18x+27
..........2x^3+0*x^2+18x
......................3x^2+27
.........................3x^2+27
...................................0

last factor is 2x+3 and third zero is
2x+3=0
2x=-3
x=-3/2

so, zeros are: 3i, -3i, -3/2

MathLover1, Sep 21, 2021
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In terms of long division, what term is the dividend and which one is the divisor?

nycmathguy, Sep 21, 2021
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The number that is being divided (in this case, 2x^3+3x^2+18x+27) is called the dividend,
and the number that it is being divided by (in this case, x^2+9) is called the divisor.

MathLover1, Sep 22, 2021
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I could not make out the difference between the dividend and divisor as typed in your first reply.

nycmathguy, Sep 22, 2021
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I write it similar to this

I do it this way

.............(
x^2+9 | 2x^3+3x^2+18x+27

MathLover1, Sep 22, 2021
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I now see what you're talking about. Cool. Taking a little break from math for the rest of this week. Need to rest my brain cells.

nycmathguy, Sep 22, 2021
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ok

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